LIST: Services considered essential during Luzon lockdown

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Luzon and its over 57 million people were placed on enhanced community quarantine or lockdown from March 17 to April 12 in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

Malacañang said only private establishments “providing basic necessities and such activities” are allowed to remain open during the quarantine period. 

What services and establishments qualify under these exemptions? Here's the list based on the guideline Malacañang released on March 16 and additional guidelines  the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) issued two days later. 

These services and establishments were ordered to adopt a skeleton workforce and observe strict physical distancing measures.

Other businesses are allowed to operate as long as employees work from home.

Medical services

Financial services

Retail and wholesaling

Food preparation and delivery services


Manufacturing establishments

Railways construction

(On April 7, the IATF approved the Department of Transportation's request to allow the resumption of the following:)


Business Process Outsourcing companies and export-oriented industries are also allowed to operate, as long as they strictly follow 3 measures:


Pauline Macaraeg

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